Pablita Velarde, famed Pueblo painter, dies at 87

Pablita Velarde, a famous painter from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, died on Tuesday. She was 87.

Velarde, who painted scenes of traditional Pueblo life, was considered a trailblazer, particularly for Native women artists. "Painting was not considered women's work in my time," she told a public television station in 1979. "A woman was supposed to be just a woman, like a housewife and a mother and chief cook. Those were things I wasn't interested in."

A memorial service for Velarde will take place at Ventana Fine Art at 400 Canyon Road in Santa Fe from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, January 21.

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Pablita Verarde, 1918-2006: Painter 'blazed a trail' for Indian, female artists (The Santa Fe New Mexican 1/13)